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Jenny Packham F/W 2012
Emerging from a dimly lit background, rippling with dry ice, models for Jenny Packham’s fall collection transformed into femme fatales, setting the scene for a show that was evocative of a 1946 film noir. The models sauntered down the runway in sequined, shimmering gowns that emphasized strong shoulders and even stronger embellishments. The look was completed with an updated version of the coif with rolled under bangs and dark matte lips. The collection captured the allure of old Hollywood glamour with its flowing, sparkling dresses that flaunt a woman’s best assets with plunging necklines and open backs. Jenny Packham’s modern take on this classic era has created scene-stealing pieces that have the power to transform any ordinary woman into a seductive vixen that no one would dare to mess with.
Leather Japan F/W 2012
A halo of bags suspended over The Box presentation space at Lincoln Center allowed guests to view Leather Japan’s assortment of handbags from all angles in order to better admire their craftsmanship in handling leather. This presentation brought designers from the other side of the world to New York to showcase the leather products that they are making in Japan. In each of the four corners of the room were two models displaying garment designs made, intricately at times, from leather. Leather Japan’s presentation showed people that if they want quality in their leather goods, Japan has an ample amount of designers and artisans ready to fulfill this desire.
Norisol Ferrari F/W 2012
Strong yet feminine was the message that was put forth by Norisol Ferrari’s collection for fall. Combining delicate fabrics such as lace on dresses with durable leather or python skin, Ferrari explored the idea of using glamour as “a coat of armor.” The collection included detailed pieces with expert tailoring in alligator, python, mink, tweed, cashmere, lace, charmeuse, and velvet with ample amounts of leather in the accessories as well as the clothes. There was also an emphasis put on the headgear the mannequins wore, with head accessories ranging from top hats and feathers to a crystal and studded mohawk cap. With inspiration stemming from a variety of sources,from Jean Harlow to “Mad Max,” Ferrari’s pieces found a balance between classic soft Victorian elegance and tough biker-chic, creating a woman who is dressed to kill.